On Monday, CONMEBOL confirmed Brazil as the new hosts for Copa America after Argentina and Colombia were suspended from hosting the event. The day prior, CONMEBOL had scrapped Argentina and Colombia of hosting rights due to the covid surge in Argentina and social unrest in Colombia.
The CONMEBOL announced the new venue Brazil via Twitter. The CONMEBOL retweeted a tweet from Alejandro Domínguez, who is the President of CONMEBOL. The tweet read, The @CopaAmerica will be in Brazil! I especially want to thank President @jairbolsonaro and his cabinet for hosting the oldest national team tournament in the world. Likewise, my gratitude to President Rogério Caboclo and to @CBF_Futebol, for their invaluable collaboration.
¡La @CopaAmerica será en Brasil! Quiero agradecer muy especialmente al Presidente @jairbolsonaro y a su gabinete por recibir al torneo de selecciones más antiguo del mundo. Igualmente, mi gratitud al Presidente Rogério Caboclo y a la @CBF Futebol, por su invalorable colaboración.
Afterward, an official also confirmed the news to the news media. He also said that the venues and dates will be confirmed in the next few hours.
Brazil was the host for the previous edition of Copa America. The new hosts’ Brazil are one of the worst-hit countries during the pandemic. The country has recorded 4,60,000 deaths due to coronavirus.
The Copa America was originally scheduled for last year, but due to the covid 19 pandemic, the tournament was postponed by a year. The CONMEBOL has maintained the same dates which mean Copa America will open on 13th June and will be conducted till 10th July 2021.
If Argentina and Colombia had opened the games, it would have been for the very first time that two nations would co-host the Copa America.